Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
HOME: Former Jeffersonville-Youngsville
softball standouts Lynn Hubert (left), Sue
Zieres, Tammy Burr and Rachel Krantz (right)
enjoy playing in the Wayne County Womens
By Rob Potter
HAWLEY, PA August 29, 2000 Although several
members of the the Diehl Trucking softball team wore gray
t-shirts with red shorts Saturday at the Fourth Annual
Chics Co-Ed Softball Tournament, they probably
would have been just as comfortable wearing orange
jerseys and black shorts.
Four members of the Diehl squad Tammy Burr, Lynn
Hubert, Rachel Krantz and Sue Zieres are
Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School graduates who
proudly wore the orange and black Lady Trojan uniforms
during their scholastic softball days.
This summer, Burr (JYCS Class of 1994), Hubert
(96), Krantz (99) and Zieres (94)
helped Diehl Trucking post a 13-3 record and capture
second place in the Wayne County Womens Softball
The four were joined on the team by fellow J-Y alum
Harika Kabakci (Class of 99) and Delaware Valley
graduates Farrah Fink (Class of 95) and Anna
Tesseyman (Class of 99).
Playing on the same team is nothing new for Burr, Hubert
and Zieres, however. The trio spent three seasons
together on the Lady Trojan varsity squad and have played
for the Diehl team the past two seasons.
Its a blast, said Hubert, who is an RN
at Community General Hospital in Harris. We all
know each other well and its easier to play with
people who have been your teammates before. And it helps
that were all best friends.
While Zieres the Western Sullivan League softball
MVP in her senior year is still firing fastballs
and change-ups to her friend and catcher Burr, things are
not quite the same as they were in high school. One
obvious change is that the women are a few years older.
Another is the competition level of the game.
This is a different kind of fun, said Zieres,
who is the reservations manager at the Villa Roma in
Callicoon and was an assistant coach for the 1999 J-Y
softball team (which included Kabakci and Krantz).
It was more serious in high school. And I miss the
bunting and stealing [of high school].
Zieres and Burr formed a battery for three years at J-Y,
and in 1996 both went to the junior college national
softball tournament. Burr played for Orange County CC and
batted over .400 for the Colts. She received honorable
mention in Region XV softball that season. Zieres played
for Herkimer County CC and in her freshman year compiled
a 122 record with 2.30 ERA.
While adult summer league softball and scholastic
softball have slight differences, the weekend co-ed
tournament was also a bit different.
This is a fundraiser for the cancer society so win,
lose or draw, Im having a good time, said
Burr, who is the manager at the Fitness Factory in
Monticello and a personal trainer. In the regular
season, we would get down on ourselves whenever we lost.
But today were having a blast and raising money to
help fight cancer.
The charity tournament, which benefits the Wayne County
Chapter of the American Cancer Society, required that
each team have 10 players competing. Five of the ten had
to be women and five had to be men, which made for gender
equity in the field and in the batting lineup.
Among those joining Burr, Hubert, Krantz and Zieres were
regular season Diehl Trucking coaches Mike Goodenough,
Mark Konopki and Ed Navetta and Konopkis wife,
Diehl Trucking had mixed results in the tournament. In
its first game Saturday morning at Bingham Park in
Hawley, Diehls couldnt muster any offensive
attack versus Muller Auto Sales of Milford, Pa. Muller
slammed Diehl by a 15-0 final.
But the squad came back in its second game versus Metzger
Construction of Tyler Hill, Pa. Hubert led off the bottom
of the first with a solid single, which turned out to be
a good sign for the team as Diehl went on to a 10-5
victory. Hubert scored twice and Krantz added a pair of
singles and an RBI. Zieres picked up the win on the mound
and had a single, while Burr recorded a triple and an
In a pitching duel versus Ashley Chevrolet of Honesdale,
Zieres struck out several Ashleys batters and did
not allow a single run. Krantz singled in the games
only run as Diehl moved on, 1-0.
But Diehl Trucking was eliminated from the tourney in its
very next contest, the fourth consecutive game it played
in the humid conditions. The Boathouse, a team sponsored
by a Lake Wallenpaupack restaurant, knocked off Diehl,
Mullers Auto Body went on to win the two-day,
16-team charity tournament.